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Pegasus spyware case: Who said what | India News

NEW DELHI: An international media consortium on Sunday reported that several verified mobile phone numbers, including of two serving ministers, various journalists, some opposition leaders and a sitting judge besides scores of business persons and activists in India could have been targeted for hacking through the Israeli spyware Pegasus sold only to government agencies.
The government, however, dismissed allegations of any kind of surveillance on its part on specific people, saying it “has no concrete basis or truth associated with it whatsoever”.
Political leaders cutting across party lines have taken up this issue stating that the Centre should clarify whether it (the spyware) was purchased for the national security or snooping:
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee: Our phones are tapped. Pegasus is dangerous and ferocious. I cannot talk to anyone. You are paying too much money for spying. I have plastered my phone. We should also plaster the Centre otherwise country will be destroyed. BJP has bulldozed federal structure.
Congress leader Kamal Nath: The issue of Pegasus will gain momentum in the next 15 days. Forbidden Stories, a French organization and Amnesty International researched into it. They have unveiled it. PM Modi visited Israel in July 2017 and phone tapping began since then.
Former Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy: I am not surprised by revelations on phone tapping. The same issue had risen when my govt collapsed. This issue existed during the tenure of several governments even several years back. This is not a new issue to me. I request parties, political leaders, to concentrate on how Centre failed to solve our problems. Why to waste time unnecessarily by taking up phone tapping issue?




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